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Unclaimed £33m UK Lotto winner!

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Posted: January 22, 2016, 4:06 pm - IP Logged

There's nothing wrong with an impulse to claim as soon as possible. Who wouldn't like to be able to just run right over to the lottery office and  actually have all that money right now? The issue is whether you yield to that impulse or take the time to make sure you don't make any mistakes.

Income taxes are the only thing that's different between a US lottery and a UK lottery, but taxes probably shouldn't be at the top of your list of things to deal with. A US winner of a large prize could be looking at ways to reduce the 39.6% that they could pay in federal income tax, but I'm pretty sure that dealing with the 60.4% you hope to keep and other issues are a more important consideration.

And I've got no idea where you'd get the idea that the media won't bother UK winners.

The media won't bother winners because their names aren't made public and they don't have to participate in a press conference - quite simple really.

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    Posted: January 23, 2016, 7:51 am - IP Logged

    A women claims the ticket was "damaged in the wash" - https://uk.news.yahoo.com/womans-33m-lotto-ticket-damaged-wash-085719768.html

    2016 Won/Lost

    EuroMillions / Spent: £22 / Won £0 / Total -£22

    UK Lotto / Spent: £4 / Won: £0 / Total: -£4

    2016 Total: -£24

    Jan: -£22 Feb: £0 ~ Mar: £0 ~ April: £0 ~ May: £0 ~ June: £0 ~ July: £2

     

    EuroMillions = £2 Line / Played: x11 [old price] 

    EuroMillions = £2.50 Line / Played: x0

    UK Lotto = £2 Line / Played x2

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      Posted: January 23, 2016, 4:31 pm - IP Logged

      The recent £66m UK Lotto jackpot yielded 2 winners but one of them still hasn't claimed their £33m prize....

      http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3410460/Unclaimed-33million-Lotto-winning-ticket-sold-Worcester.html

      Pretty crazy huh?

      It the UK, winners have the right to remain anonymous, it is highly unlikely they will be silly enough to parade around a television studio.

      We all get a lot out of lotteries!

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        The recent £66m UK Lotto jackpot yielded 2 winners but one of them still hasn't claimed their £33m prize....

        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3410460/Unclaimed-33million-Lotto-winning-ticket-sold-Worcester.html

        Pretty crazy huh?

        A woman has claimed she has the missing £33 million winning lottery ticket but put it through the wash.

        She came forward after Camelot announced the winning numbers had been selected in Worcester and told residents to "check down the side of sofas".

        The woman, who refused to be named, claims the paper slip went through the washing machine in the pocket of a pair of jeans.

        She presented the tattered remains to Ambleside News on Friday, where she said she bought it.

        Natu Patel, who owns the newsagent, said: "The lady came in yesterday, she was rather nervous.


        "We had to make sure she had the ticket with her. She told me the ticket had been in the wash and Camelot has said she has to send it through to them in writing.

        "She showed it to me, because it's been in the wash the ticket has slightly faded but hopefully they can sort it out.

        "We put the ticket in card and in plastic to protect it and she has posted it off to Camelot. It's up to them to verify it and hopefully pay her."

        The ticket reportedly has the winning numbers - 26, 27, 46, 47, 52, 58 - but the date, bar code and serial number are missing.

        We all get a lot out of lotteries!

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          I have heard of  document security being  encoded with magnetic ink. i doubt that all lotto tickets would be printed and know nothing about how expensive such tec  might be,. if it was cheap enough, I can see it being used. If i was  a lottery  agency I would consider using it as a " secret ID " for ticket sales. Even the time and date of the ticket purchase and maybe a store code. something the joe public dont know about.  i mean if a ticket goes thru the wash the magnetic   signal could still be enough to  properly id the ticket. i mean the embedded  time stamp and the time stamp on the data base would be identical. So a forger would have hard time guess that, even if he knew the format and could print   similar  magnetic coding, he would still need to guess the exact second the purchase was printed

          2014 = -1016; 2015= -1409; 2016 JAN = -106; FEB= -81; MAR= -131; APR= - 87: MAY= -91; JUN= -39; JUL=-134; AUG= -124; SEP = -123; OCT= -84  NOV=- 73 TOT= -3498

          keno historic = -2291 ; 2015= -603; 2016= JAN=-32, FEB= +12 , MAR= -86, APR = -77. MAY= -48, JUN= -29, JUL=-71; AUG = -52; SEPT= -43; OCT = +56 NOV = -33 TOT= -3297

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            Posted: January 26, 2016, 7:00 pm - IP Logged

            Here's a photo of the ticket:

            2016 Won/Lost

            EuroMillions / Spent: £22 / Won £0 / Total -£22

            UK Lotto / Spent: £4 / Won: £0 / Total: -£4

            2016 Total: -£24

            Jan: -£22 Feb: £0 ~ Mar: £0 ~ April: £0 ~ May: £0 ~ June: £0 ~ July: £2

             

            EuroMillions = £2 Line / Played: x11 [old price] 

            EuroMillions = £2.50 Line / Played: x0

            UK Lotto = £2 Line / Played x2

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              Posted: January 26, 2016, 7:34 pm - IP Logged

              What is the exchange rate $$$ between British pounds and American Dollars ???  It is hard for Americans to conceptualize how much 33m pounds actually is, b/c we don't think in terms of pounds. I don't even have the pound symbol on my computer keyboard. 

              How much is 33M pounds in American Dollars $$$ ???

              To make the £ sign, just hold down the Alt button (on your keyboard) while pressing the numbers 0163. It's also in the "special characters" section of the message editor (it's the omega symbol Ω  ) to the right of the smile face Smiley (emoticons) button.

              If you have a smart phone or search bar on your web browser, you can look up anything...even the exchange rate for British pound / U.S. dollar

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                Posted: January 26, 2016, 8:10 pm - IP Logged

                That ticket looks very suspicious to me.

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                  Posted: January 26, 2016, 8:20 pm - IP Logged

                  That ticket looks very suspicious to me.

                  I agree, it seems to be ruined in all the right places...

                  2016 Won/Lost

                  EuroMillions / Spent: £22 / Won £0 / Total -£22

                  UK Lotto / Spent: £4 / Won: £0 / Total: -£4

                  2016 Total: -£24

                  Jan: -£22 Feb: £0 ~ Mar: £0 ~ April: £0 ~ May: £0 ~ June: £0 ~ July: £2

                   

                  EuroMillions = £2 Line / Played: x11 [old price] 

                  EuroMillions = £2.50 Line / Played: x0

                  UK Lotto = £2 Line / Played x2

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                    Posted: January 26, 2016, 10:38 pm - IP Logged

                    To make the £ sign, just hold down the Alt button (on your keyboard) while pressing the numbers 0163. It's also in the "special characters" section of the message editor (it's the omega symbol Ω  ) to the right of the smile face Smiley (emoticons) button.

                    If you have a smart phone or search bar on your web browser, you can look up anything...even the exchange rate for British pound / U.S. dollar

                    Thank You !!!  [ £ ] The Omega Symbol [Never noticed it before !] !!! -What a gold mine of additional symbols to work with !!!

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                      Posted: January 27, 2016, 3:20 am - IP Logged

                      Here's a photo of the ticket:

                      It was folded at least twice. The wear is to intense for 1-2 wash cycles. Anything aside from the winning numbers, one QP no less, is not readable.

                       

                      If one of our UK members is bored enough it would be fun if he/she folded up a losing ticket and gave it two cycles in the machine. I think I'll try that with one of mine, though the paper isn't identical.

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                        It was folded at least twice. The wear is to intense for 1-2 wash cycles. Anything aside from the winning numbers, one QP no less, is not readable.

                         

                        If one of our UK members is bored enough it would be fun if he/she folded up a losing ticket and gave it two cycles in the machine. I think I'll try that with one of mine, though the paper isn't identical.

                        Excellent point.  And I agree, the amount of wear seems excessive.

                         

                        What type of paper are the UK tickets printed on?

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                          They've updated the story with this headline:

                          http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3418217/Is-scrap-paper-33m-lottery-ticket-Photocopied-slip-clearly-shows-winning-numbers-severe-damage-crucial-information-including-draw-date.html

                          'previously tried to claim on scratchcard she dropped in puddle'

                          2016 Won/Lost

                          EuroMillions / Spent: £22 / Won £0 / Total -£22

                          UK Lotto / Spent: £4 / Won: £0 / Total: -£4

                          2016 Total: -£24

                          Jan: -£22 Feb: £0 ~ Mar: £0 ~ April: £0 ~ May: £0 ~ June: £0 ~ July: £2

                           

                          EuroMillions = £2 Line / Played: x11 [old price] 

                          EuroMillions = £2.50 Line / Played: x0

                          UK Lotto = £2 Line / Played x2

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                            They've updated the story with this headline:

                            http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3418217/Is-scrap-paper-33m-lottery-ticket-Photocopied-slip-clearly-shows-winning-numbers-severe-damage-crucial-information-including-draw-date.html

                            'previously tried to claim on scratchcard she dropped in puddle'

                            The nerve! How stupid do people think they (the lc) are?

                            It looks like she took the scratchy side of a sponge to her ticket and filed of all identifiers. LOL

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                              Excellent point.  And I agree, the amount of wear seems excessive.

                               

                              What type of paper are the UK tickets printed on?

                              I think it's the same type of thermal paper the US uses, but might be from a different manufacturer and have a different "recipe".